Vanessa Brown is an award-winning journalist, recognized a combined eight times by the Associated Press and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association for reporting and anchoring. Most recently, she was honored with an AP ’1st place’ feature award in 2014. Vanessa has been anchoring the evening news for KLKN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Lincoln, NE since 2010. Before her move to the midwest, Vanessa served as a live shot reporter and backpack journalist for KDAF-TV in Dallas, TX. While there, she also produced and hosted a weekly community affairs show called “DFW Closeup.” Earlier jobs in Montana and Idaho helped her cut her teeth in the business. She has reported everywhere from the fire line to the football field, covering the Dallas Cowboys and NFL Pro Day. When twin EF4 tornadoes leveled Pilger, Nebraska, she was also on scene providing extensive live coverage.
Upon graduating from Florida State University, Vanessa went on to pursue her broadcasting dream as a member of the prestigious NBCUniversal Page Program in New York City. While at NBC, she held assignments with The Today Show, Suze Orman and The NBC Agency. One of her most memorable moments was spending the day helping broadcasting legend Tim Russert, while he taped an interview with future U.S. Senator, Al Franken.
When not working, Vanessa loves to participate in charity events, emcee community events and travel. She’s a certified volunteer youth fishing instructor for Nebraska Game and Parks, so you may catch her at the lake. You may also find her at a football game or on the slopes!